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Ironing of your uniform

Okay, we all know the easiest way here - ask our Mothers! But they have a lot do without having to iron creases into shirts and trousers. So wake up and learn how to iron!

It's simple. A plate of metal gets hot, place it on your garment and the creases disappear. Well, okay, not that simple - but almost.

Iron shirts with your iron set to medium - not hot as this can damage the material, and iron trousers on hot making sure you place a plain cotton cloth between your trousers and the iron.

UseShirts

Shirts are easy to iron and take no time at all when you know how. If your shirt is dry, lightly spray it with water use a water sprayer available form garden stores set to produce a mist.

  • Iron the inside of the collar
  • Place one of the shoulders into the end of the ironing board so that the yoke lies along it and iron that.
  • Take your shirt off the board and place one of the sides on so that the neck is at the end of the board.
  • Place the back of the shirt on the board next (you will have to do this in two parts)
  • Now place the other front panel on the board and iron that.
  • Undo the epaulettes and iron them
  • Now the hard part. Sleeves. Place the sleeve along the length of the ironing board. Use a good water sprayer and soak the crease - not too much though. Place the iron at the cuff end of the sleeve while pulling the crease to keep it tight. Press firmly on the iron and steadily move up to the shoulder end of the sleeve. Repeat for the other sleeve and you should have a perfect pair of creases.

UseTrousers

Take care ironing trousers as you can make the material shine if you don't follow this simple guide.

  • Place front crease of one leg onto the ironing board.
  • Pull both ends of the crease and make sure no material is ruflled up underneath.
  • Spray the crease with your water sprayer.
  • Place a plain (preferrably white) cotton cloth over the crease and spray this too.
  • Now place your iron on the cloth over the crease and press firmly, and slowly move the iron up to the crease taking care not to go off the cloth and onto your trousers. Repeat as many times as necessary to do the entire crease.
  • repeat the process in the following order: next front crease, then rear creases.

The use of a cloth prevents shining of the material when the iron is placed directly on to the material. You end up with razor sharp creases with a shiny patch down one side which looks pretty daft.

Once you have ironed your trousers, you will need to keep the creases pin sharp. Use a purpose made trouser hanger - available from all good military surplus stores and hardware stores or you could try this essential tip:

Use a standard coat hangar, but instead over laying the trousers over the hangar, use two or three strong pegs and clip the bottom of your trousers to the hangar so that they hang straight.

Tie (Windsor Knot)
The cadet uniform dictates that your tie is completed using a windor knot, the knot, when done correctly, looks like a triangular shape and fits your shirt neatly. To tie the Windsor Knot, stand in front of a mirror and simply follow the steps below:




1) The wide end "W" should extend about 12 inches below narrow end "N". Cross wide end "W" over narrow end "N".



2) Bring wide end "W" up through loop between collar and tie; then back down.



3) Pull wide end "W" underneath narrow end "N" and to the left, back through the loop and to the left again so that the wide end "W" is inside out.



4) Bring wide end "W" across the front from left to right.



5) Pull wide end "W" up through the loop again.



6) Bring wide end "W" down through the knot in front.

7) Using both hands, tighten the knot carefully and draw up to collar.


Congratulations, you did it! You see, it is not rocket science after all. Simply keep practicing the Windsor Knot a few more times until you can tie it within less than 30 seconds.

Images and text courtesy of tie-a-tie.net, where you can find more useful information

Shoes

Parade shoes come in two flavours, girls shoes and boys shoes. The difference between the two is that the boys shoe has a toecap that is usually highly bulled. On the girls shoe, there is no differential between the toe and the rest of the shoe, so bulling can be harder. With the girls shoe you need to apply a few layers of polish to the toe area to obtain a good shine and grade back so that you do not put too much polish on the sides or near the tongue area since polish that has been applied in too many layers will crack with marching. The boys shoe toecap is bulled to a high gloss shine with the rest of the shoe bulled so that it shines but with fewer layers of polish in order to stop your hard work cracking once you start to march.

How do I polish my shoes?

Many people have many ways of polishing or 'bulling' shoes, don'e be tempted to use any oils or furniture polish to get an instant shine, oils or grease will dull polish and you will have to strip all polish off the shoe and start again. The 'quick' way to polish is normally the wrong way. Here are some tips to polish your shoes: -

  • Clean off any surface dust with a piece of cotton wool or soft cloth. Polishing over dust will only mean that you engrain foreign matter into your shoe and will stop you from getting a good shine.
  • Dip a separate (don't use the dirty cotton wool) piece of cotton wool/soft cloth into some water soaking the cotton wool/cloth, squeeze out the excess water.
  • When the cotton wool/cloth is wet, dip it into some polish.
  • Apply shoe polish in a circular motion (small circles) onto the shoes.
  • Applying more more water when the cotton wool.cloth starts to become dry.
  • When the shine starts to appear dip a fresh piece of cotton wool/cloth ito water then into the polish and build up the layers of polish on the shoes by repeating this until a deep shine appears.
  • Don't overshine your shoes once you obtain the initial shine as you will lose the best finish.

 

 

 

 

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